DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability

DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability

Charity information

DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability

DEMAND (Design and Manufacture for Disability) designs and manufactures bespoke items of equipment, unobtainable elsewhere. Giving people with disabilities greater access to opportunities.

Founded 1980

  • Mission statement

    DEMAND: Design and Manufacture for Disability, a Hertfordshire based charity, was established in 1980 to create bespoke items of equipment for children and adults with severe disabilities, usually when no other solution exists. We try to help all who come to us, however serious their problems and regardless of their ability to pay. The needs our clients bring with them are caused by a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis, cerebral palsy, dementia, spinal injury and sensory impairment. Many also have severe learning difficulties.

    The work of DEMAND is recognised nationally and we receive more requests for our specialist help than ever before. To help us meet this need we have established a second design studio and workshop in Yorkshire, which opened in May 2006. Located just seven miles south of Huddersfield it is ideally situated close to the M62 corridor enabling ready access to the significant number of disabled people living in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the North East.

  • Aims

    DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability aims to:

    • To help as many people with disabilities as possible get the equipment they need to enable them.
    • To advance design, engineering and manufacture of equipment for people with disabilities
    • We hope to grow our university education programme and ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to learn about DEMAND’s approach to human centred design.
    • One of our newest ventures. Cracked-it is an online platform to help disabled people connect with each other and with makers, designers and engineers from across the globe to find and share fixes.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1980

    Registered Charity Number: 1008128

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 20

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 01923681800

    Address: The Old Chapel, Mallard Road, Abbots Langley, Herts WD5 0GQ

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